Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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City Hall Plaza in @CityOfBoston has been listed on many architectural lists, both good and bad. To revamp it, @SasakiDesign focused on converting it to the accessible and desirable public space it should always be for #Boston: by Regina Cole for @Forbes

How Boston Fixed Its Controversial City Hall Plaza

Boston City Hall sits on a plinth, an eight-acre brick plaza modeled after the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. But it is not in Tuscany and needs tw...


Puerto Rico and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana (@cppj) are just two places we've worked—among a growing list—where compounding disasters make recovery even harder. @Zhirji28 reports on Lake Charles, LA as they face 2021's hurricane season: via @BuzzFeedNews

Three Hurricanes. A Deep Freeze. A Biblical Flood: Lake Charles Is America’s Climate Future

In one year, people in southwestern Louisiana lived through five major disasters on top of a pandemic. Another bad hurricane season is already here, a...


#DYK? The modern celebration of Father's Day originated in @SpokaneCity, when Spokane resident Sonora Smart Reed convinced local and state leaders to proclaim June 19, 1910 to honor fathers like hers: #HappyFathersDay

Spokane Is the Birthplace of Father‘s Day

Sunday marks the 110th Father‘s Day in Spokane!


Artist Q&A: This #Juneteenth we spoke w/the team behind a newly unveiled mural in #Galvenston, TX.

#Absolute#Equality creates a public space to reimagine how monuments & memorials can #TellTheFullStory of American history.

@J19Galveston @reginald_adams

Absolute Equality: A New Mural Reimagines Public Spaces and the Story of Juneteenth | National Trust for Historic Preservation

"Absolute Equality," a new mural from the Juneteenth Legacy Project in Galveston, Texas, reconsiders the role of monuments and memorials in telling pi...


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